Tracy sees positives in Corpas’ return


 
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Righty reliever Manuel Corpas, who missed the second half of last season with elbow issues, walked two and gave up a hit but didn’t surrender a run in his return to the mound, in the fifth inning of Monday’s 11-1 Cactus League-opening victory over the D-backs at Tucson Electric Park.

Corpas, who hasn’t regained the form he showed as closer for the 2007 National League Champion Rockies, finished on a high note, by working Justin Upton into a double-play grounder.

“He was missing, but in missing he was missing down in the zone,” Rockies manager Jim Tracy said. “They were not non-competitive misses, but they were balls down out of the zone. The area where we want the ball to be was correct, but the command of the area, the ocntrol of the area, was not exactly where we’ve seen Manny Corpas be in the past.

“He’s aware of it. He’ll get there. But what I liked about it was he kept his shoulders back, real broad, when he needed to make a pitch, and got a double-play ball, inning over.”

 

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